TEXT AUTHOR, DIRECTOR: Motiejus Ivanauskas
CAST: Mantas Bendžius, Andrius Alešiūnas, Povilas Jatkevičius, Deividas Breivė, Kamilė Lebedytė
PRODUCER: Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre
DURATION: 90 min
LANGUAGE: Lithuanian with English surtitles
RECOMMENDED AGE: 14+
DATE: 28 September 2019, 16:30
VENUE: Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Balcony Theatre (Gedimino pr. 42, Vilnius)
Limited seating available. Priority tickets (“Balcony chips”) will be distributed at the location of the event 30 mins before the start of the show.
“Freezing” is a laureate of the Stage Art Etude Competition Occupying the Balcony 2018. This is one-part performance created by actors who have just graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater (course led by Algirdas Latėnas and Vidas Bareikis). The performance is both the dramaturgical and directorial debut of the actor Motiejus Ivanauskas. The starting point of creating the performance was the task given by the teacher at the academy, i.e. to try to write a play. After M. Ivanauskas together with his course mates Andrius Alešiūnas, Povilas Jatkevičius, Deividas Breivė, Kamilė Lebedytė, Mantas Bendžius won the Stage Art Etude Competition “Occupying the Balcony”, they invited to join a stage designer Izabelė Narečionytė and developed “Freezing” to a full-featured performance.
The characters of the show are people who are not very clearly defined, and so are the relationships between them. They meet and… simply speak. Well, they just speak. Their important “thoughts” create an absurd mix, so the performance definitely has a lot of comic and playful elements. It is not an examination of any particular problem, but rather an attempt to look at the problems from a different angle. A great deal of freedom is left to the viewers’ interpretation.
Motiejus Ivanauskas studied acting at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater (course leaders Algirdas Latėnas and Vidas Bareikis). In addition to performances created while studying, he also performs in the show “Fictions” (direct. Adomas Juška) produced at the State Youth Theatre. In 2019, he was selected for the Young Artists Programme at the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, and will present his new work in 2020.